April 16, 2018
Do you consider yourself a courageous person? Are you a dream-chaser, risk-taker and fear-silencer? Maybe you read those words and think those qualities are not for you, or that it’s not your personality type to be brave. I used to think that courage looks like soldiers, public servants and superheroes. Although those people walk in outrageous amounts of courage, one thing I know for sure is that courage isn’t contained to a profession or natural gifting.
Courage comes from knowing that the God of the universe is for us and in us! Whether you’re a teacher, a stay-at-home mom, a photographer or a businessman, you are one of God’s champions! And as his winners, we weren’t called to sit around polishing our armor. We have been left behind to transform the world!
Courage Inspires You In Adversity
Today I want to encourage you with a thought for the week—what would your week look like if you faced every circumstance that comes your way with outrageous courage? Check out this video to hear an inspiring testimony about bravery:
In a nutshell:
- Courage is so important! We must be able to take a stand with wisdom, and rooted in love.
- Encouraging someone doesn’t just mean we say, “Hey, you’re amazing!” Sometimes it means we say, “Hey, you’re better than that! You’re acting like a coward and it’s time to stop!”
- Have you ever had someone look you in the eye and say, “Wake up; what are you doing?” I have and I’m thankful for it.
- I want to tell you a story that happened a while ago. It’s about a woman named Carolyn who went down to a store one day to shop. A young man came up to the car window while she was in the parking lot, asked her to roll down the window, and put a gun to her head.
- He said, “Lady, give me your car or I’m going to kill you.” She looked up at him and replied, “You seriously don’t want this car. The shifter doesn’t work, the air conditioner is broken…” So he repeated that if she didn’t get out of the car he would shoot her.
- She said, “You’ve been having suicidal thoughts, haven’t you?” and he said yes so she told him to get in on the other side to talk.
- They talked for about an hour and Carolyn lead him to Jesus, prayed for him and broke the spirit of suicide off of him.
- When I hear stories like this I can only hope that I wouldn’t wet my pants in a situation like that!
- What I takeaway from these kinds of stories is what can happen when normal people, like you and I, get full of God.
- You see, the guy with the gun thought he was getting in a car with an old lady, but what he didn’t know is Who she was housing.
- I believe the Lord wants to release courage on people. Not courage to be stupid or to be unloving or hateful, but courage to say to the world, “there’s a standard that I’m not taking down… and someday you may thank me for this.”
Activation For The Week
Some believers are convinced that life in the Kingdom is like tiptoeing through the tulips. They think they will win the nations through some pool party or beauty pageant. Just as we can learn from Carolyn, women and men of radical faith and outrageous courage are forged in the fire of circumstances! Don’t shrink back when things get hard; instead, press in and increase your intensity. When you see the naive stumbling through darkness, rise with wisdom to rescue helpless souls. What could happen if normal people, yourself included, got filled with God’s Spirit and became vessels for His power and courage? The world around us couldn’t help but be impacted.
So today I want to encourage you with this verse—Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As you face this week I want you to hold onto this verse and breathe in the courage of heaven, let it soak into your spirit and let it rise within your heart! I bless you with a Braveheart blessing to face fear with faith this week! I’d love to hear how you’re going to be intentionally brave this week in the comments!
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